Roland Jupiter-50 Stage Synth Reviewed
May 8 2013 12:00PM
If you knew nothing about Roland’s Jupiter legacy, you would immediately appreciate the Jupiter-50 for the colossal, deep, and incredibly useful stage instrument that it is. If you’re familiar with the Jovian ancestry, you
Kurzweil PC3LE Synth Workstation
May 3 2013 12:00PM
If you’re looking for one keyboard to make every sound you might ever need at a gig, and you’re looking at anything other than a company’s highest-end model, you’re going to expect some compromises. Kurzweil’s PC3LE
Yamaha MX61 Studio and Performance Synthesizer
May 1 2013 12:00PM
The ultra-light Yamaha MX synths are anything but featherweights when it comes to performance. The biggest deal is that the MX series’ sounds are taken from the Motif XS, and to our ears sound every bit as lush, rich, and
Kurzweil Artis Stage Piano Sneak Peek
Apr 13 2013 4:25PM
It's no secret that Kurzweil has been repurposing and revoicing the same triple-strike grand piano sample for about ten years now. And it's a good sample, still quite serviceable in a rock or dance band context. But with today's
KeyB Solo Organ First Hands-On
Apr 3 2013 12:00AM
The KeyB Solo is a single-manual drawbar organ based on modeling technology, and featuring controls, keys, and design that evokes the heft and tactile feedback and stage presence of a vintage Hammond organ. We have a review
Alesis Vortex Keytar First Hands On Video
Mar 18 2013 9:00PM
Whether for the sake of hipster irony or because it's actually a fun and flexible tool for keyboard performance, the "keytar" is making a comeback. (Actually, it's probably a little column A and a little column B. Works for us.)
Dispatches from MMTA SynthFest
Mar 16 2013 6:00PM
If you're sleepless in Seattle, it's probably because someone is waking you up by coaxing ungodly filter sweeps and techno sequences out of a wall-filling modular synth. At least that's the case this weekend, and we're working on
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 Analog Synth
Mar 14 2013 7:04AM
When it comes to modern analog synths with a pedigree, the trinity of Dave Smith, Moog, and Tom Oberheim have led the way for the better part of a decade now. Each has their sound and strengths, so saying that one is “better”
Casio Privia PX-350
Mar 7 2013 7:00PM
The original Privia was the answer to many pianists’ prayers: the first (and for some time the only) serious 88-key digital piano at the unprecedented price of 500 bucks and weight of 25 pounds. This made it a catalyst for
Novation MiniNova
Feb 28 2013 9:09PM
When Keyboard reviewed the Novation UltraNova in April 2011, editor Stephen Fortner praised it for delivering “sound quality and programming depth to please the most hardcore synth snobs.” His wish list for the next generation
Nektar Panorama P4 Controller for Propellerhead Reason
Feb 21 2013 1:01PM
Nektar Technologies’ Panorama P4 is designed from the ground up to let Reason operate a lot more like a workstation keyboard or even a mixing desk. It communicates bi-directionally with Reason, has several operating modes
Clavia Nord Electro 4D
Jan 18 2013 8:22PM
By AVI HERSH     PROS: Killer new organ and Leslie emulation. Physical drawbars. Great pianos, EPs, Clavs, and other vintage sounds, all expandable by Nord-supported download libraries. CONS: Still can’t split or layer
Arturia MiniBrute
Jan 18 2013 7:00PM
By FRANCIS PREVE   Arturia’s software emulations of classic analog synths such as the Minimoog, Prophet-5, and Yamaha CS-80 have been mainstays in digital studios for the better part of a decade. So when they announced an
Korg Krome Synth Workstation First Look
Dec 20 2012 12:12PM
On a recent visit to the New York City area, editor Stephen Fortner got to drop in on the offices of Korg USA, sitting down with Korg's Rich Formidoni for a session with the new Krome workstation. It's sample-based sounds are
Nov 28 2012 5:00PM
By FRANCIS PRÈVE THE KEYBOARD CONTROLLER MARKET IS COMPETITIVE LIKE THIS summer was a little warm. There are so many products that it’s never been a better time to shop around, but the range of options is daunting. Akai’s
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